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Selinaris Gorge

  • Selinaris Gorge


The Gorge Sellinari is located about 45km east of Heraklion and 21km west of Agios Nikolaos, on the eastern slopes of Selena Mount, draining the valley west of Vrachassi. It is well known to all Cretans because the National Road from Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos runs along the gorge. Moreover, the canyon has historically been the natural passage from the region of Lassithi to Heraklion’s fertile north coasts.

Selinari has dense vegetation and you can enjoy it either by car or easy walking till its exit, near Milatos. A particular route worth following is the old National Road, which passes alongside the New Road and meanders through the gorge. The walls of the gorge and the surrounding mountains shelter many birds of prey. Selinari used to be one of the shelters for the rare Cretan wild goat, but it, unfortunately, has become extinct. There are also several springs, but the most famous attraction is the historic monastery of Saint George. For the Cretans, it is considered bad luck to pass a gorge, without stopping at the monastery. This has its origins in the past when Selinari Monastery was a stopping point where the travellers and their animals could rest.



Where is Selinaris Gorge located?

Selinaris Gorge is located in the Lasithi Region of Crete, Greece.

What is Selinaris Gorge?

Selinaris Gorge is a natural canyon located in the eastern part of Crete. It is known for its stunning rock formations, lush vegetation, and crystal-clear waters.

How long is Selinaris Gorge?

The length of Selinaris Gorge is approximately 1.5 kilometers.

Is Selinaris Gorge suitable for hiking?

Yes, Selinaris Gorge is a popular hiking destination in Crete. The trail is well-marked and relatively easy, making it suitable for hikers of all levels.

What is the best time to visit Selinaris Gorge?

The best time to visit Selinaris Gorge is during the spring and autumn months when the weather is mild and the vegetation is at its most vibrant. However, it is possible to visit the gorge year-round.

Is there an entrance fee to Selinaris Gorge?

No, there is no entrance fee to Selinaris Gorge.

Are there any facilities near Selinaris Gorge?

There are no facilities near Selinaris Gorge, so it is recommended to bring your own food and water. There are also no toilets or restrooms along the trail.

Gorge Type

Accessible by

  • Paved road


  • Generally dry

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